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LAist Interview: The Mugglenet Guys

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Emerson Spartz and Ben Schoen are, respectively, the founder and webmaster of the world’s most popular Harry Potter website, MuggleNet. Emerson was 12 when he founded the website in 1999 and just graduated from the University of Notre Dame. Ben has been webmaster at MuggleNet, which gets 27 million hits monthly, since he was in high school. He’ll begin his junior year at Notre Dame this fall.

In their first book,'s What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7, they proved to be incredibly accurate with their predictions and the book spent three months on the New York Times best-seller list. Their new book, Harry Potter Should Have Died, is a debate of all the controversial questions from the Harry Potter series. They tackle some of the most complex philosophical elements and still have time to ponder the silly with some magical world what-ifs that are sure to amuse. It’s not a long book, just about 200 pages, but any Harry Potter fan will enjoy the read.

Emerson and Ben are first to admit they are the luckiest fans in the world. They have not only met and interviewed J.K. Rowling but have attended all the Harry Potter movie premieres. LAist sat down with them this week to get the inside scoop on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

So, you got to attend the premier of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in New York earlier this month. What was your favorite thing about the new movie?

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ES: I really liked the humor. I think there's more humor in this movie than in the other five combined.

BS: I liked the acting. I feel like the kids have gotten a lot better and of course the adult roles, like Michael Gambon as Dumbledore and Alan Rickman as Snape, were as great as ever.

You can tell that the child actors are no longer just kids who got lucky. They're actually actors now.